By Cheyanne Bardsley, 19 March, 2018

Standard Karuta game, but with shapes and colors.

I used construction paper in a range of colors and cut random shapes out of them. Make sure you cut enough so that all groups will have the exact same ones. I made about 20 random variations, some similar to make it tricky. (ex purple triangle, purple diamond)

Just like normal karuta; kids lay cards on their desk and race to touch the one you say first. 
ex: "red circle"

By Georgia Troha, 21 December, 2017

After students have already learned numbers, colors, shapes you can use this lesson to review and get them into the holiday spirit (if your school is Christmas friendly)!
They will create Christmas cards by requesting specific shapes from their partners.

By Ashley Williams, 22 March, 2017

Make square cards (about a little smaller than your palm) in the various colours you will teach. Each colour set will have numbers (some the same, some different) written in large font on them.

Scatter your pre-made colour number cards around the blackboard, making sure they are as evenly spaced as possible.

By Natalie Barbieri, 22 March, 2017


  1. Mardi Gras! 
  • Show pictures of the festival, people with masks, and dancers.
  • Show the students a calendar of the month of Mardi Gras. 
  • Show them a map of the United States and where New Orleans is located.
  1. Review the color vocabulary: red, green, blue, yellow, black, white, orange, pink, and purple.
  2. Review the school supply vocabulary while showing them the supplies: paint, paint brush, string, plate, water, towel, and photo.


  1. Using the given color
By Natalie Barbieri, 22 March, 2017


  1. Have the students write the words (see attached worksheet): egg, chicken, happy, easter, basket, pink, blue, yellow, purple.  (Note 1)
  2.   Have the students match the pictures: egg and chicken, basket and hay, color names and the matching colors. (Note 2)
  3. Review the colors of the paints.


  1. Have eggs for all of the students and adults who will participate in the activity.
  2. As you paint your eggs, repeat the names of the colors.
By Kylah Riendeau, 20 October, 2016


  1. Introduce shapes (circle, square, triangle, heart, diamond, cross, star)
  2. Hand out worksheet, students take out colored pencils.
  3. While students are writing their names on their papers (in romaji) arrange the color flash cards and the shapes (separately) at the bottom of the board.
  4. Collect students name tags and put them into an envelope/hat or small box.
  5. Pull a name out of the hat and call the student up to choose a color. They must tell the class the color name and hang it in the middle of the board.
By Mairi Holtzner, 1 August, 2016

A fairly easy color lesson suitable for Elementary school. Students must know numbers already.

For the karuta cards I recommend cutting colored paper into 5x6cm pieces and laminating them.

Copy the coloring pages onto A5-sized paper (two pages printed on A4 and cut it in half) because the bigger the page is the longer it takes them to color it.

By Bonnie Inaba, 26 July, 2016


Level ES 1-6

Duration 5-10 minutes

Grammar point I like ~.

Objective To interact using pictures and simple English phrases.

Resources simple pictures printed on thick paper & cut, colored pencils, pens, or crayons


By Laura Jourdain, 26 July, 2016
  1. Give each student a color card.
  2. During the song, students stand up and turn around when they hear their color.
  3. Students sing each color.

The lyrics to the song are:

Red and yellow and pink and green,
Purple and orange and blue.
I can sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow,
You can sing one too!

Listen with your eyes,
Listen with your eyes,
And sing everything you see.
You can sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow,
Sing along with me.

By Matt Blasen, 20 July, 2016

Here it is, Shape Uno. This is functionally normal Uno, but with numbers replaced by shapes.

The shapes are: line, triangle, square, diamond, pentagon, arrow, circle, heart, hexagon and star.

Here are Uno details you may not know right off the top of your head:

By Natalie Barbieri, 19 July, 2016


  1. Review the colors using color cards: yellow, white, black, red, brown, pink, blue, and orange. The color cards should be the size of an
By Jessica Dovey, 15 July, 2016
  1. Place plastic cards of colors/shapes around the room.
  2. The teacher demonstrates how to play the game by saying, "When I say, 'Clap at red,' you go to red, and clap." and various phrases using a mixture of colors/numbers and actions.

You may also say "Clap to red," in which case the students clap on their way to something red.


*Build up to color+shape+action. For example, let the children try finding the colors first. Next, add shapes. Finally, ask them to do all three: "Eat a pizza at a blue star."

Possible actions:

By Elisabeth Leaf, 15 July, 2016
  1. Students get into pairs.
  2. Student 1 is a designer and asks Student 2 “Do you like (color) (clothes)?”
  3. Student 2 answers “Yes, I do” or “No, I don’t.” and then use gestures and English words to explain.
    Encourage students to ask the teacher for new vocabulary or use books to show style/colors/ etc.
  4. Student designs an outfit for Student 2.
  5. Change places and allow Student 2 to do the same for Student 1
By Alisha Abbott, 15 July, 2016


Ask students what each color is. Ask if they like certain colors. Have the students repeat after you.

Color Train: 10 minutes

Give students the train tickets. Form a conga line and call out colors for students to join the train.

By Travis Jenkins, 14 July, 2016

Here is a set of “UNO like” cards I made using Photoshop. I usually use them at elementary during the “How Many” chapter but have found numerous uses for them outside that lesson. UNO cards can be a bit expensive here in Japan, so please feel free to print and laminate these instead. I recommend using a backing and laminating these cards so that 1.) students cant see through them; and 2.) there are 108 cards in a deck so you won’t want to have to make a new deck every time your kids rough them up.

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